Geoprocessing quick tour

In ArcGIS Pro you can use geoprocessing tools to perform spatial analysis or manage your GIS data. Use the Analysis tab and Geoprocessing pane to find and run geoprocessing tools.

Find and open a geoprocessing tool

The Analysis tab provides access to all of the geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS Pro. You can select a tool in the Analysis gallery, which includes some of the most commonly used and powerful analysis tools, or open the Geoprocessing pane to access all tools.

  1. On the Analysis tab in the Geoprocessing group, click the Tools button Tools.

    The Geoprocessing pane appears.

  2. To find and run a geoprocessing tool, you can pick it from the Favorites list, the Toolboxes list, or search for the tool in the search box. Enter buffer in the search box to find the Buffer tool.
  3. Click the Buffer (Analysis) tool in the list of search results to open the Buffer tool in the Geoprocessing pane.
Learn more about finding and opening geoprocessing tools in the Geoprocessing pane

Run a geoprocessing tool

To run a geoprocessing tool, complete the following steps:

  1. Enter the required parameter options for the tool as indicated by the red asterisk, as well as any optional parameters.

    When all required parameters have valid values, the tool is ready to run.

  2. Click the Run button.

    When a tool is run, a progress bar is displayed in the Geoprocessing pane where you can view tool progress and messages.

    When the tool finishes, the progress bar displays in green with a check mark symbol Enable if the tool completed with no errors or warnings, in yellow with a warning symbol Warning if the tool completed with warnings, or in red with an error symbol Error if the tool failed. To see the tool messages, click View Details.

    When the tool is finished running, the output layer is added to the active map.

    The tool stays open so it is easy to change some settings and rerun. You can overwrite the existing output dataset or give the output a new name before running.

Learn more about running geoprocessing tools

Geoprocessing history

Every time you run a geoprocessing tool, a new entry is added in the History pane under the Geoprocessing tab.

  1. Switch to the Analysis ribbon tab. Click the History button Geoprocessing History.
  2. In the History pane, you may need to switch to the Geoprocessing tab.
  3. Hover over a tool entry to get information about the tool's execution and messages.

    You can double-click the entry to reopen the tool with the same parameter values.

Learn more about geoprocessing history